SFSF 2014 Tour: Follow the Fiddle!

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See a 25 second video of
The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Live in Concert!


Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 P.M.
Laxson Auditorium, Cal State Chico
$15-$28
tickets online: www.chicoperformances.com
tickets by phone: 530.898.6333

Friday, April 11, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M
Same venue, school program.

Saturday, April 12: Ceilidh Dance at 7:00 P.M.
(What's a ceilidh?)
Native Sons of the Golden West Hall, Murphys
$10/adults, $5/kids 12 & under
Tickets sold only at the door
Information: 209.728.4438

Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 P.M.
Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto
$15-39 for adults
tickets online: www.galloarts.org
tickets by phone: 209.338.5010

Tuesday, April 15 at 8:00 P.M.
Van Duzer Theatre, Arcata
$5 for students, $15 kids, $25 adults
tickets online: www.humboldt.edu/centerarts/
tickets by phone: 707.826.3928
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00P.M.
Harris Performing Arts Center, Folsom
$12 students & kids under12, $19-$39 adults
tickets online: www.threestages.net
tickets by phone: 916.608.6888

Friday, April 18 at 8:00 P.M.
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
$25 advance/$27 at the door
tickets online: www.freightandsalvage.org
tickets by phone: 510.644.2020

Can't make it to the show? Watch from home via this Freight and Salvage "Concert Window" link.

Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 P.M.
Lincoln Theater, Napa
$20-$35
tickets online: www.lincolntheater.org
tickets by phone: 707.944.9900
 
Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be held at the community center in Vallejo, and will take place on Thursdays March 13, 20 & 27 and April 3, with the final rehearsal on Wednesday, April 9th.


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Hear a sample of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers in Concert!

Picture a stage filled with 50 fiddlers backed by piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps and even a harmonica, projecting a sound lively as a dance band, as majestic as a symphony orchestra.

Imagine a group that creates such a two-way sense of fun and joy between musicians and audience that people spontaneously get out of their seats and dance in the aisles whether or not they know the steps to the jigs and reels pouring forth from the stage.
Front this merry group of music-makers with Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose humor, passion and charismatic playing set the tone, and you’ll have a rough idea what it’s like to attend a concert with The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers: an evening packed with tunes, songs, and dances.

Founded in 1986 by Alasdair and friends, the group has grown to over 200 members from all over Northern California, the US and beyond. Varying widely in age and backgrounds, the fiddlers are drawn together by their love of Celtic traditional music. Prized in the group is the ability to play by ear, to feel the music deep in one’s soul, and be enough in the moment to follow spontaneous changes of direction during performances.
Many members know hundreds of tunes by heart and love nothing better than to get together and play. They can be heard individually and in small groups throughout the year at contra dances, pub sessions and Scottish festivals. The large group (sometimes more than 100!) gets together annually for performances which range from a spring concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, tours of Northern California (1995) and Alaska (1999), to big concerts in impressive settings such as Anchorage’s Atwood Hall (1999) and the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival (2004).

Alasdair Fraser, musical director of the group, ranks among the finest interpreters of Scotland’s music; his playing has earned worldwide critical acclaim. He maintains a busy performing schedule with musicians such as cellist Natalie Haas, guitarist Tony McManus and pianists Paul Machlis and Muriel Johnstone. He is the director of the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California, where he teaches every summer, and has been artist-in-residence at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow for the past several years. His music is widely available on CD, and can also be heard on movie soundtracks from “Titanic,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Spitfire Grill” and “Treasure Planet.”

 

What's a ceilidh?
Our ceilidh will be an informal party with lots of dancing (and a caller to guide you through the steps), plus some solo fiddle tunes and maybe a song or two.

 

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Hear a sample of the
San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers in Concert!

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